Today was the “you’ve been here a week, you’re not new anymore” day at work.
The train before mine was cancelled this morning which meant a bit of overcrowding on my train. I did, however, manage to get a seat, but of course as we went further along more and more people whose usual train was cancelled piled on.
As I struggled to get off the train at Lewisham I left two women in my wake having a row over my seat…
Because of the office move, I am currently sitting in with some of the analysts. They get their heads down and plough on, barely looking up all day. It’s very quiet, something I’m not really used to so feel a little disconnected right now. This will change with the new open plan layout in a few weeks though.
I also feel like my boss and I are at cross purposes sometimes. Today she asked me to find some good restaurants within the area of the new offices. I spent a happy half hour looking up restaurants, checking them on trip advisor, resisting the urge to email MrS and
ask him because I Can Do This Myself. When I emailed her the links she emailed me back and asked me to try two restaurants which weren’t on my list of six at all. So was it a test, to see what I came up with? Why didn’t she just ask me to book those in the first place? A PA/Boss relationship needs to be just that – a relationship – and sometimes it can feel like a marriage, anticipating needs, taking action, sometimes the PA has to manage the boss. Sometimes the boss asks the PA to manage them. Sometimes they are the bosses that don’t like being managed!
I know all this will take time but it’s frustrating for me right now. I don’t like not knowing what I don’t know, that stage of unconscious incompetence.